Some people and a few studio execs (I guess some of them are people, too) scoffed as Marvel Studios began to build a franchise of films that would lead up to The Avengers. The team movie was ambitious, and the result of so much planning that it was easy to suspect it would fail. We know now, of course, that The Avengers did anything but fail — it is one of the most financially successful films ever released.

That means other studios are now quite willing to consider emulating Marvel’s strategy. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment haven’t laid the groundwork for a team film in the same way Marvel did, but they’re trying it with Justice League anyway.

And Sony has the rights to some Marvel characters, notably the Spider-Man and Ghost Rider families. And it seems like the character spin-off Venom, which Chronicle director Josh Trank may make, could be designed to fit in with the new wave of Spider-Man movies that begins with The Amazing Spider-Man. Question is… to build up to what? Read More »

Before Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was released, the one thing fans were most excited about was we’d finally get to see Venom on the big screen. The character is arguably the most popular of Spider-Man’s villains and to potentially see his origins and battles with the web-slinger was unbelievably exciting. After the film was released, though, the sparse use of the character was listed as one of the its biggest disappointments.

Soon after Spider-Man 3, Sony wised-up to the character’s popularity and began developing a Venom centric movie with Hunger Games director Gary Ross at the helm. It never panned out. But, with the new Amazing Spider-Man around the corner and a hot new superhero director in town, the stars might just be aligning once again.

The Los Angeles Times reports Sony is in negotiations with Chronicle director Josh Trank to helm a new Venom movie. There’s more after the jump. Read More »

Jennifer Love Hewitt Fighting For Wonder Woman Role

We have a few superhero related mini movie news items to get to, so I thought we’d compile them in one post. After the jump you can see a low-resolution first look at Jaimie Alexander as Sif in Marvel’s big screen adaptation of Thor, Jennifer Love Hewitt is campaigning to play Wonder Woman in the long in development movie adaptation, and we find out that comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis turned down the chance to pen the Spider-Man Spin-Off Venom movie.

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Two stories are coming together here. Not too long ago we told you about Matt Helm, the project that Steven Spielberg wanted to direct before he signed on to Harvey. Then just a week ago we told you about Gary Seabiscuit Ross taking on the Spider-Man spin-off Venom for Sony. Now it looks like things are being shuffled around once again, as some insider info pegs Ross as the director of Matt Helm, and that he’ll do that before Venom. Read More »


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Gary Ross To Write/Direct Venom Movie


Sony has been developing a Marvel Comics spin-off of the Spider-Man villain Venom for some time now, but I never actually believed it would happen. Screenwriting team Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese had written two drafts on the character before moving on to Zombieland. And before Wernick/Reese, the company had previously commissioned Jacob Estes (Mean Creek) to pen a take. It seemed like one of those projects that was just doomed to development heck. Apparently not…

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Venom Script Turned In To Sony; Movie Still Kicking


A lot of people want a Venom movie. Makes sense, I guess; he’s fanged, evil, oozing, looks great on screen. While villains that are so specifically the mirror image of a hero don’t do a lot for me, I see why people like the character. Sony likes the character because anything that can spin off from the success of Spider-Man is a good thing. The studio has been looking into making a Venom flick for a while, and they’ve now got a new draft in hand from the current writers. Where does that leave the movie? Read More »

zombieland outside

While on the set of Zombieland, I had a chance to sit down and chat with writers/producers Paul Wenick and Rhett Reese in a round-table style interview. They talk about the television origins of the project, zombies in an amusement park, a meeting with John Carpenter, Horror comedies, Zombie rules, for the love of Twinkies, possible sequel or television series, the music of the film, writing the Venom spin-off movie for Marvel, Earth vs. Moon, improv on set, The Joe Schmo Show and writing action scenes. Read the full transcript after the jump.

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Sony Developing Venom Spin-Off Movie

Sony is considering making a Spider-Man spin-off movie based on the popular villain Venom. The company had previously commissioned Jacob Estes (Mean Creek) to pen a take, but is now considering going in a completely different direction according to The Hollywood Reporter. They are seeking new writers for an entirely new draft, and are also supposedly looking at replacing Topher Grace, who played the role in Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man 3. Sony is still hoping to release a fourth Spider-Man film in 2011. Raimi confirmed at Comic Con that he is still waiting to read the script. Basically, Sony is looking to squeeze as much out of their deal with Marvel as they can.

Comic Book movies are hot again, and Marvel’s option of the film rights to Spider-Man also give Sony the ability to to produce spin-off films based on the characters in that universe. I think hiring someone other than Topher for the role is a smart move. They really need to do everything they can to differentiate the spin-off from the lackluster third film. When I was younger, and had more time to read comics, Venom was one of my favorites. But never once did I actually buy an issue of the Venom spin-off series, because I never thought it would be that interesting. And my thoughts are virtually the same on a Venom spin-off film. Venom is one of those baddies who is only as interesting as his opponent. And I’m pretty sure this project would be Spidey-free.

Discuss: Do you think that a Venom movie is a good idea? or bad idea?